Constance Shulman

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Constance Shulman
Born (1958-04-04) April 4, 1958 (age 59)
Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Years active 1989–present
Children 2, including Gus Birney

Constance Shulman (born April 4, 1958) is an American actress, singer and producer. She is best known for voicing Patti Mayonnaise on Doug and for her current role as Yoga Jones in Orange Is the New Black. Shulman originated the role of Annelle in the first production of Steel Magnolias Off-Broadway.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Shulman was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, to a Jewish family.[2] She moved to New York City to start her acting career.[3] In 1989, she made her screen debut in the comedy film Fletch Lives, playing Cindy Mae. She later had supporting parts in films Lost Angels, Men Don't Leave, and Fried Green Tomatoes.[citation needed]

On television, Shulman worked as a voice actress, playing Patti Mayonnaise on Doug from 1991 to 1999.[4] In the early 1990s, Shulman appeared in a series of Kraft mayonnaise commercials.[2]

She was also a regular cast member in the short-lived 1996 ABC sitcom, The Faculty, playing the best friend of Meredith Baxter' character.[5] In the late 1990s Shulman left the screen to raise her two children.[3]

In 2013, Shulman was cast in a recurring role as "Yoga Jones" in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black. Along with the rest of the cast, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2015.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to fellow actor Reed Birney, and their daughter Gus Birney is an actress.[7] Her son Ephraim Birney is also an actor.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Fletch Lives Cindy Mae
1989 Lost Angels Beautician
1990 Men Don't Leave Carly
1990 Reversal of Fortune Pharmacist Uncredited
1991 He Said, She Said Make-Up Girl
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Missy
1991 Lethal Innocence Nell Willis Television film
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Tour Operator
1999 Doug's 1st Movie Patti Mayonnaise (Voice)
1999 Sweet and Lowdown Hazel
2008 A Jersey Christmas Connie
2015 Stereotypically You Unemployment Worker
2015 The Broken Ones Rowland


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Bonnie Sayles 2 episodes
1991–99 Doug Patti Mayonnaise 7 episodes
1994 Heavens to Betsy Lilly Walker Unsold TV pilot
1996 The Faculty Shelly Ray 13 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Yoga Jones 47 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Daycare Manager Episode: "Wednesday's Child"


  1. ^ Gussow, Mel (1987-03-27). "Stage - 'Steel Magnolias,' A Louisiana Story". Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b Rizzo, Frank. "Actress Shulman's Career Blossoms As Image Of Southern Belle Withers". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Brillantes, Mariam. "‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Constance Shulman Says New Season Looks Golden". WSJ. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "'Orange Is The New Black' Star Constance Shulman Voiced Patti Mayonnaise On 'Doug' (PHOTO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Patti Mayonnaise From ‘Doug’ Is on ‘Orange Is the New Black’". The Daily Beast. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ McCue, Michelle. "BIRDMAN, DOWNTON ABBEY Big Winners At 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Berman, Nat (June 26, 2017). "Five Things You Didn't Know About Gus Birney". TVOvermind. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 

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